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Church Leaders Compromise

Nazi Germany may never have happened if there was a presence of a real Christian church within Germany. Since the state played a major role in overseeing what the churches did the Germans were never really exposed to true Christianity. They rejected the liberalism presented by the state churches and many turned to the occult to feed their spiritual longings. The few genuine church leaders that did exist in Germany found it easier to go along with the flow of Nazi culture than to oppose it. Had Hitler and the Nazis been stopped early in their careers, World War II may have been avoided. However, compromise by church leaders can have a fatal cultural impact as we see today in America. 

The following video clip describes what was happening with church leadership in Germany even as the Nazis were growing in influence by focusing on discrimination against the Jews.


IfOnly Christians In America Today Would Sing Louder!

Bradlee Dean



Together, we can turn this destruction around; but if youchoose to remain silent, don’t be surprised when they come for you and there isno one left to speak out.

When the hypocrites and accomplices to Adolph Hitler(Matthew 7:21-23) would sing praises to Jesus in the protestant churches inGermany, they would sing louder to drown out the noise of the Jews, Gypsies,and dissidents who were crying out for help while they were being hauled off incattle cars to concentration camps–or even worse, extermination camps (Psalm78:9).

When church services were over, they would find their carstoppled with the ash of the bodies that were burned in the incinerators.

To further the atrocities of these traitors to Christ, theywere the ones handing off their youth groups to do Hitler’s killing for them.

These professors loved Jesus so much that they simplydisobeyed His commandments with every opportunity they had (1 John 2:4).

I am sure most of you have heard:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speakout—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I wasnot a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

– Martin Niemöller


Martin Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for thisquotation. I have heard this quote many times before, but it was just recentlythat I learned that the man who said it was a prominent protestant pastorduring the time of Hitler and the Nazis. It was learning this fact that madeall the difference in the world in understanding where this quote stemmed from.

This quotation stemmed from Niemöller’s lectures during theearly postwar period. His point was that Germans and, in particular, theleaders of the Protestant churches had been complicit through their silence inthe Nazi imprisonment, persecution, and murder of millions of people.

Martin Niemöller was one of the first Germans to talkpublicly about the broader complicity in the Holocaust and guilt for what hadhappened to the Jews. In his book, published in English as “Of Guilt and Hope”in January of 1946, Niemöller wrote:


Thus, whenever I chance to meet a Jew known to me before,then, as a Christian, I cannot but tell him: ‘Dear Friend, I stand in front ofyou, but we cannot get together, for there is guilt between us. I have sinnedand my people has sinned against thy people and against thyself.’


Although he did suffer, spending the last seven years ofNazi rule in concentration camps, he still recognized his own guilt for notspeaking out against tyranny.

In fact, we could rewrite Niemöller’s quote quite well fortoday’s church leaders. It would probably go something like this:

First they came for prayer in school, and I did not speakout—Because I was not a student. Nor did I ever look into the fact that theSupreme Court is not above the law (Article 3, Sections 1 of The United StatesConstitution (Ephesians 6:18)).

Then they came to murder the unborn in their mother’s womb,and I did not speak out— Because I was not an unborn child. After all, I wastold that the Supreme Court could sanction the murder of the innocent in thewomb by simply calling it a woman’s choice (Proverbs 6:17).

Then they came for the legalization of two men or two womangetting “married” to upend America’s sovereignty and I did not speak out (as ifto say the Supreme court injustices have a God given right to redefine what GodHimself designed)— because I did not want to be called a hater or a bigot(Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:24)

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak outfor me, because I never spoke out for anyone else (let alone God) (Ezekiel 3).

It is disgraceful what we are not seeing from thepulpits in America today. Rather than seeing a thunderous barrage of righteousindignation against murder of the unborn, and zeal against tyranny, injustice,immorality, we are hearing virtually nothing from over 300,000 pulpits…silence(Zechariah 1:15).

“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowardsout of men.”

We hear Church leaders (1 Corinthians 12:28) say, “Well, Idon’t speak out against anything political.” The murder of innocent children,political? Homosexual marriage, political? A corrupt, wicked, and lawlessadministration that means to destroy your country and religious freedom,political?

Here we see in Niemöller a man who could not change thedestruction that took place in the lives of millions of people. Preventionwould have been better than curing. He could not go back in time and right thewrongs, but America still can.

If not now, then when? If not you, then who?

Together, we can turn this destruction around; but if youchoose to remain silent, don’t be surprised when they come for you and there isno one left to speak out. And at that point, you can rest assured that othersmay sing loud enough to drown out your cries.


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